DCHHS offering adult flu vaccines now

Screen shot 2015-09-01 at 11.46.36 AMDallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults at the DCHHS main clinic at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway. DCHHS is awaiting shipment of the children’s vaccine.

The vaccine is $20, but is free to adults covered by Medicare.

DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson encouraged everyone to get a flu shot now, before the flu season gets into full swing, and to “practice flu prevention recommendations.”

Those recommendations include cough and sneeze etiquette along with proper hand-washing. DCHHS hasmore information on preventing the flu at its website, available for download.

Thompson said DCHHS is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin offering the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in the community. CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best means of flu prevention for almost everyone except children younger than 6 months of age and people who have severe allergies to eggs.

The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.

Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority, urged parents to get children over 6 months vaccinated as soon as possible. He noted that it takes about two weeks for the body to develop the antibodies necessary to protect against the flu.

The flu vaccine is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 214-819-2163.

—  Tammye Nash

Puppy in need of adoption — save me from myself!

My name is Gulliver. Help me find a home.

Every week in the print edition, we profile the Pet of the Week; this is not that. This is an act of self-preservation.

Some very evil lesbians, who know what a soft touch I am with needy puppies, have tried to get me to adopt a fourth dog. I once had four dogs at once, but none were puppies and none over 30 lbs.; I currently have a 40+ lb. 9-month-old Lab named Gulliver who is as much work as two dogs alone. (Here’s more proof they are evil: They stole the name Gulliver for their new dog less than a month after I did.)

So why does all this matter? Because these women have another rescue they are taking care of named Buddy, and they can’t keep him. If they don’t adopt him out soon, they will trick me into taking him and we can’t have that. So one of you needs to step up.

Here’s the deal: Buddy is about 10 months old, probably a Chow- or hound-and-Shar Pei mix who was discovered in a neighbor’s front yard suffering from dehydration, starvation and injuries from a fight with a larger dog. He’s something of a miracle baby. His recovery is progressing: He’s already added 6 lbs. to his skinny frame. He’s probably as big as he’s gonna get. And by Monday, he’s have all his vaccinations and lose his testicles. In other words, the perfect boyfriend.

If you can adopt him — and please, somebody, do it! I can’t take another pet! My cat will commit suicide! — contact e-mail Gyrlchef@yahoo.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones